Connect announces Most Innovative Product winners

LA JOLLA — Connect , the San Diego-based supporter of technology entrepreneurship, honored nine companies and two individuals for its Most Innovative Products Awards for 2012.

The Friday luncheon at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines featured emcee Kai Ryssdal , host of American Public Media's Marketplace radio program, and was attended by more than 800. There was one somber note: Connect's second director, Fred Cutler, died earlier this week. Connect CEO Duane Roth, who succeeded Cutler, made the announcement.


The individual winners are: Greg Lucier, CEO of Life Technologies, and philanthropist Malin Burnham, who received the Distinguished Contribution Award.

This award is given to individuals in San Diego through business activities and community involvement, who have encouraged "innovation and diversity of thought," in support of local entrepreneurship.


The nine company winners are:

Action and Sport Technologies: PEAR Sports for PEAR Square One

The Square One system, including a heart rate monitor, foot pod and earphones, provides customizable workouts and tracks progress.

Aerospace and Security Technologies: Cubic Defense Application for DCID-TALON


DCID (Dismounted Combat Identification) is a rifle-mounted laser system that allows combatants to identify friendly forces to prevent mistaken attacks.

Clean Technology: Atlantis Technologies for RDI desalination system

Atlantis Technologies developed a low-cost industrial waste water desalination system derived from a government-funded project. The company says it can desalinate waste water from oil, gas and mining for 40 to 70 percent less than currently used technologies.

Communications & IT: TrellisWare Technologies for Cheetah CUB

TrellisWare's TW-400 'CUB' unit delivers a wireless network on the go that handles voice, IP data and streaming video and position location.

Hardware and General Technology: Logic PD for DM3730 Torpedo + Wireless System on Module (SOM)

The dime-sized Logic PD Torpedo + Wireless SOM chip provides ultra-fast boot times for life-critical products. It supports the Linux and Android operating systems and provides wireless connectivity.

Life Sciences – Diagnostics and Research Tools: Life Technologies for Ion Proton Sequencer


The Ion Proton System is Life Tech's bid to bring human genome sequencing below $1,000 a person. It sequences DNA on a semiconductor chip, enabling vastly expanded genetic research and eventually medical applications.

Life Sciences – Medical Products: Amylin Pharmaceuticals for Bydureon

Bydureon is a once-weekly injection for adults with type 2 diabetes. It delivers the same medicine as Byetta, also from Amylin, but Byetta must be injected twice a day.

Mobile Apps: LIA: Liberated Intelligence for LIA

LIA is a business mobile sales software platform. It uses Internet cloud computing and mobile device capabilities along with special sales software.

Software: Independa, Inc. for Independa Integrated CloudCare

The Integrated CloudCare platform links elderly persons who live on their own but need monitoring with family and health care professionals. The link is delivered through cloud computing, enabling these elderly persons to remain independent.

Life Technologies and Provide Commerce were lead sponsors of the program, along with supporting sponsors American West Bank, Barney & Barney, Bridgepoint Education, C.W. Driver, Cox Business, Hughes Marino, Invetech, Knobbe Martens, Manpower, Merck, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Qualcomm, SDG&E, Websense and partner KPBS.